« FöregåendeFortsätt »
Your dainty squeamish coying it to me.
J. Sho. Oh, that my tongue had every grace of speech, Great and commanding as the breath of Kings, • Sweet as the poet's numbers, and prevailing
As soft persuasion to a tender ear,' That I had art and eloquence divine, To pay my duty to my master's ashes, And plead, till death, the cause of injur'd innocence! Glos. Ha! dost thou brave me, minion! dost thou
know How vile, how very a wretch, my pow'r can make thee? « That I can let loose fear, distress, and famine, < To hunt thy heels, like blood-hounds, thro' the
J. Sho. Let me be branded for the public scorn,
At his heels
Henry V. A. J. Chorus,
Richard III. A. IV. S. I. €“ Thou feedest them with the bread of tears, and givest them 4 pleoteousness of tears to drink.”
Psalm LIAI, 5.
Glos. 'Tis well-we'll try the
heart. What, hoa! who waits without? Enter RATCLIFFE, Cateser, and other attendants.
Ratc. Your Highness' pleasure
Glos. Go, some of you, and turn this strumpet forth!* Spurn her into the street; there let her perish, And rot upon a dunghill. Thro' the city See it proclaim'd, That none, on pain of death, Presume to give her comfort, food, or harbour; Who ministers the smallest comfort, dies. Her house, her costly furniture and wealth,
The purchase of her loose luxurious life,'
J. Sho. O thou most righteous judge
[Exit Jane Shore, guarded by Catesby and others. Glos. So much for this. Your project's at an end:
[To Ratcliffe. This idle toy, this liilding scorns my power, And sets us all at nought. See that a guard Be ready at my
call. Ratc. The council waits Upon your Highness' leisure.
* It has been shewn before that the penance of Jane Shore was not the immediate act of Gloster, and that she survived it many years. See Preface, p. 92, 93.
+ “ They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they " that were brought up in scarlet embrace danghills.”
Lamentations, IV.5. † A hilding is a mean woman. " Helen and Hero, hildings and harlots ;".
Rumeo and Juliet, A. II. S. IV, “ Out on her, bilding."
Do. A, 111. S. v.
Glos. Bid them enter. Enter the Duke of BUCRINGHAM, Earl of Derby,
Bishop of Elv, Lord Hastings, and others, as tó the council. The Duke of GLOSTER takes his place at the upper end, then the rest sit.*
Der. In happy time are we assembled here, T'appoint the day, and fix the solemn pomp, For placing England's crown with all due rites, Upon our sovereign Edward's youthful brow.
Hast. Some busy meddling knaves, 'tis said, there are, As such will still be prating, who presume To carp
and cavil at his royal right; Therefore, I hold it fitting, with the soonest T'appoint the order of the coronation; So to approve our duty to the King, And stay the babbling of such vain gainsayers. Der. We all attend to know your Highness' pleasure.
[To Gloster. Glos. My Lords, a set of worthy men you are, Prudent and just, and careful for the state: Therefore to your most grave determination I yield myself in all things; and demand What punishment your wisdom shall think meet T' inflict upon those horrible contrivers, Who shall with potions, charms, and witching drugs, Practice against our person and our life?
Hast. So much I hold the King your Highness' debtor, So precious are you to the common-weal, That I presume, not only for myself, But in behalf of these my noble brothers, To say, whoe'er they be, they merit death. [truth,
Glos. Then judge yourselves, convince your eyes of Behold my arm thus blasted, dry, and wither'd,
(Pulling up his sleeve. Shrunk like a foul abortion, and decay'd, Like some untimely product of the seasons,
* The reader may like to compare this with Shakespeare's ma. nagement of the same Scene, it is the I Vih. of the Illd. Act of Richard the III., and to read the Notes of the Commentaton upon it.
Robb'd of its properties of strength and office.
Hast. If they have done this deed
Glos. If they have done it!
Enter a GUARD.
[Exeunt Gloster, and Lords following: Manent Lord Hastings, Sir Richard RATCLIFFE,
and guard. Hast. What! and no more, I but this—how, to the
scaffold! Oh gentle Ratcliffe !ş tell me, do I hold thee?
* How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags?
Macbeth, A. IV. S. 1.
Rd. IIId. A. 111. S. iv. # No more, but so. Hamlet, A. 1. S. 111. Shakspeare has made Sir Richard Ratcliffe the attendant upon the execution of Rivers, Vaughan and Grey, at Pomfret, which, it has been before stated, happened on the very same day with the execution of Lord Hastings, (see p.92.) He could not, therefore, he at both. Shakspeare makes Catesby the attendant on Hastings. It is true that in the Vih. Scene of the IIId. A. of Richard the III, Shakspeare makes Lovel and Ratcliffe eoter with Hastings' head, but this was probably, as stated by Mr. Malone, a mistake of the playereditors. The part of Ratcliffe in this play might be assigned to Lord LOVEL,
Or, if I dream, what shall I do to wake,
Ratc. You heard, the Duke's commands to me were
Hast. Yes, Ratcliffe, I will take thy friendly counsel,
Hast. Alas! why com’st thou at this dreadful moment To fill me with new terrors, new distractions,
* Shrift is confession made to a priest, and sometimes means confession only. So, in Richard the Ill. A. III. S. iv. Catesby says to Hastings, “ Make a short shrift, he longs to see your head." VOL. 1,